Welcome to the home of Freemasonry in Ripon

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.

Left: The Foundation Stone laid on 11th July 1902 for the current Lodge building on Water Skellgate in Ripon

Right: Members present at the start of the build – a full list of attendees is on display in the Lodge today